Google Chrome Devices


Google Chromebooks and Chromeboxes are computers running Google’s Chrome operating system. Chrome devices are fast, easy to use, convenient for browsing the Web, sending and receiving email, creating and sharing documents, and video chatting.

Please Note: Chrome devices are only able to run applications through the Chrome web browser, so they shouldn't be expected to replace your university desktop computer. Please contact your Divisional Support or the ITS Support Center for assistance with purchase recommendations.


Chromebooks make a good travel computer because of their portable 11.5 to 14 inch monitor and light weight size. Popular Chromebook manufacturers include Acer, Samsung, and HP Pavillon. The most affordable models range in cost from approximately $199 to $350.

A Chromebook provides access to Google Email, Calendar, Docs, Spreadsheets, Google Play, YouTube, Hangouts, and many other Google Apps. They also allow the use of Cloud storage and include built-in security to protect the device from viruses and malware. Chromebooks sync with Android phones or tablets, and other devices running the Chrome browser.


Chromeboxes are the desktop version of a Chromebook which can be useful for lightweight applications such as video conferencing, group presentations, and self-service kiosks. They are sufficient to fill many roles that have historically required a Windows or Apple desktop computer at a much lower price.


Chrome devices can be purchased from the campus purchasing system, CruzBuy. Please follow the steps listed HERE. If you need to purchase a Chrome device for personal use, please go to a retail store or order one online. If you intend to centrally manage your Chrome devices through the Google Apps management console, you will need to purchase a Chrome OS license for each one. Permanent and subscription-based licenses for are also available for purchase via CruzBuy.

Recommended Hardware Guidelines

  • CPU: avoid Celeron "N" series and ARM CPUs; good CPU choices would be Intel Core series (i3/i5/i7, m3/m5/m7)
  • RAM: 4 GB minimum
  • Local storage: 32 GB minimum
  • Display: IPS panels preferred, touchscreen strongly recommended if the system will be running Android apps (many apps will not install without a touchscreen because they require multitouch capability)